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MAYOR NAMES SPORTS COMMISSON
The announcement was made on Monday, September 10, at Senor Frog’s Restaurant in
Mayor Hannemann said, “I’ve long held that
“This announcement comes at a pivotal time. The National Football League has made it known that
The members of the commission represent the range of sports: Tita Ahuna, Tita Ahuna Volleyball Academy; Keith Amemiya, Hawaii High School Athletic Association; Hannie Anderson, Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association; Dr. Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon; Rick Blangiardi, KGMB-TV; Nani Cockett, D. One Basketball; Bobby Curran, ESPN Radio; Jim Donovan, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl; John Fink, KHNL; Herman Frazier, University of Hawaii Director of Athletics; Tim Guard, McCabe, Hamilton, and Renny and Denver Broncos; Tony Guerrero, First Hawaiian Bank and Sony Open; Jim Haugh, former director, IMG Sports and Entertainment; June Jones, University of Hawaii Warriors Football; Duane Kurisu, Hawaii Winter Baseball; Jim Leahey, KHNL/KFVE; Mitzi Lehano, OC16; Al Minn, Master's Swim Program; Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano, University of Hawaii Associate Director of Athletics; Michele Nagamine, Outrigger Hotels; Dr. Dave Porter, Brigham Young University Hawaii Tennis; Keala Watson, HHSAA Diving Coordinator; Wally Yonamine, Hall of Fame; Hugh Yoshida, former University of Hawaii Director of Athletics; and Mark Zeug, Aloha State Games/Senior Olympics/Quarterback Club.
Ex-officio members, all with the City and County of Honolulu, include Councilman Todd Apo; Ann Chung, Office of Economic Development; Jeff Coelho, Customer Service Department; Ralph Goto, Emergency Medical Services; Gail Haraguchi, Department of Enterprise Services; Gregg Hirata, Office of the Mayor; Hubert Minn, Customer Service Department; and Dana Takahara-Dias, Department of Parks and Recreation.
High School Support
At the same time, Mayor Hannemann announced that the City was coming to the aid of local high school athletic programs, which are facing shortages of gyms and baseball fields now that the boys and girls basketball and baseball/softball seasons will coincide.
He was flanked by Dwight Toyama, executive director of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, Don Botelho, executive director of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, and Keith Amemiya, executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, each of whom thanked the mayor and City for supporting prep athletics.
The changes means boys and girls basketball will be played simultaneously in the winter, placing a premium on gymnasium space because there are far more games than there are gym times. The ILH’s Don Botelho noted that his league has to schedule 600 games among the available spaces.
The boys’ baseball and girls’ softball seasons will be in the spring. OIA director
Mayor Hannemann said, “As soon as the HHSAA announcement was made, I assigned the Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Enterprise Services to look into how the City could accommodate the anticipated demand for gym and field space. Les Chang and Dana Takahara-Dias of Parks, and Sid Quintal and Gail Haraguchi of Enterprise Services, worked very hard to support this endeavor.”
The City already provides fields for high school baseball, including Fred Wright Field for Leilehua;
The mayor said the City will offer the schools the NBC Arena and several community gyms for the upcoming school year. The NBC Arena will be available during the weekdays. Gyms will be available in each recreation district, once a week during the spring basketball season. They include
Hannemann recalled that when he was playing high school basketball, the leagues played back-to-back games at the NBC and suggested that they consider reviving that practice as a way of boosting attendance and maximizing use of the arena.
He said, “The ILH and OIA might think about having, say, a triple-header that begins with a late afternoon JV contest, followed by a varsity girls’ game and a boys’ game afterward. When I was in high school, our games would serve as a warm-up for the UH Rainbows men’s game at night. With some imagination and drive, we could once again attract big crowds to the NBC.”
The City will make several baseball/softball fields available to the ILH and OIA for school year. These include Keehi Lagoon; Hans L’Orange, which now has new perimeter fencing, a new backstop, new light poles, and a new electronic scoreboard;
The City is offering the Mink CORP baseball fields to Coach Mike Trapasso of the
|Wednesday, September 12, 2007|